This is an introductory trek in the Khumbu Valley offering spectacular views of Everest and nearby peaks. From the base at Lukla (2800m), you walk north along the forested Dudh Kosi Valley to the market town of Namche Bazaar (3440m) via Phakding (2652m). From here you climb north to the villages of Kunde and Khumjung, or west to the monastery at Thyangboche (3867m). There are excellent views of Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7879m), Lhotse (8512m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and many other peaks. From Pangboche just beyond Thyangboche, there is the possibility to walk to Ama Dablam Base Camp or to climb Tawoche Hill (5000m) before heading back along the trail to Namche Bazaar and Lukla.
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This adventure provides a complete overview of Nepal. We combine two popular treks our Annapurna Trek and the Sherpa Everest trek - undertake a wildlife safari in the Chitwan National Park and savour the delights of the Kathmandu Valley. Contrast is the essence of this adventure. During our trek through the Annapurna foothills we visit villages where many of the Gurkhas were recruited and gain vantage points to view the peaks of the Annapurnas. After undertaking a jungle safari in the Chitwan National Park we head to the Everest region to experience the legendary hospitality of the Sherpa people and view Everest and a host of other spectacular peaks.
We have been running family treks in the Everest region for many years and with great success. A trek in the Everest region really is a memorable experience, and the kids just love it! The stunning mountain scenery, the unique cultural experience to be had in the villages along the way, and the interaction with our friendly and knowledgeable staff deliver an unforgettable family experience that's hard to beat. Our itinerary allows generous acclimatisation and a leisurely pace. We camp in a combination of our comfortable permanent campsites and wilderness camps, and hand-picked eco lodges in the main villages. We find that a trip to the Everest region is a wondrous experience for any young person. It's an experience your family will talk about for many years to come!
As a fantastic first taste of Asia, we have a day to soak up the bustling market streets and colourful temples of downtown Kathmandu. Then, after taking the exciting flight to Lukla in the mountainous Khumbu district, we allow 3 days for the short trek to Namche Bazaar, staying in comfortable lodges and accompanied by a Nepalese tour guide and team of Sherpas. With a day to explore the Sherpa capital, followed by 2 short days up to the monastery village of Thangboche, we enjoy fantastic mountain scenery, including views of Mount Everest and the striking Ama Dablam. During our easy-paced walking tour we will have the chance to visit a number of pretty Sherpa villages and learn a little about the way of life of these hardy people. If you are looking to introduce your children to the delights of real Himalayan trekking, this trip has been purpose-made for youngsters, with short trekking days, a good standard of accommodation and the back-up of KE's unrivalled experience in this part of the world.
The Mount Everest National Park has been a popular destination for trekkers and climbers alike, since the very first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1950's. Up until now trekking in this stunningly beautiful region involved either camping or staying at basic tea houses. Now it is possible to trek in the Khumbu staying at comfortable lodges with all the modern conveniences of a city hotel. Our luxury lodges all offer spacious rooms which are pleasantly decorated and have attached bathrooms with running hot and cold water. Best of all, each has been carefully sited to present a magnificent panorama of the Himalayas from the lodge itself. Based around the 'Yeti Mountain Home' chain of luxury lodges - at Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Thame and Kongde, this holiday promises the best standard of accommodation in the Khumbu and a whole new way to experience the Everest region. During our 9 days in the homeland of the Sherpas, we trek to Namche and have a day to explore this thriving settlement, before heading on to Thame. Here, we can hike to Sumdur Ridge (4830m) for unforgettable views of a host of big peaks, including Cho Oyu. Our return to Lukla then follows a brand-new trail, traversing rhododendron-covered slopes on the west side of the valley to Kongde, a veritable 'eagles nest' with a unique panorama of Everest Lhotse and Ama Dablam. This is a sensational view which people on the standard 'Everest Trail' do not get to see. A day-hike to the excellent viewpoint of Farak Ri for an even more expansive outlook on the Khumbu Valley is an option from Kongde. Twin bedded and heated rooms, en suite bathrooms and pleasant dining areas can now be a part of your trekking holiday to Everest.
This easy Nepal trek in the foothills of Mount Everest starts with an easy stroll on the rim of the Kathmandu Valley, where we gain a first distant view of Everest. A short flight then takes us up into the Khumbu, a region of high peaks and valleys in the shadow of the world's greatest peak. Here, our relaxed week of trekking allows us to experience the unrivalled mountain scenery of the Khumbu, including the classic view of Mount Everest and Ama Dablam from Thyangboche Monastery. Visiting a succession of Sherpa villages, including Namche Bazaar and the charming and quite remote village of Thame, the popular myth of 'Shangri La' will seem all-too-real. On our return to Kathmandu, there is the option of taking an early morning 'Everest Flight' for a dramatic finale. Suitable for any weekend hillwalker, this short trek offers an excellent introduction to the delights of trekking in the Himalayas, including those all-important views of Mount Everest.
This short trek introduces you to the villages and culture of the Sherpa people. We take time to explore the colourful markets of Namche Bazaar and the famous Thyangboche monastery the spiritual heart of the Khumbu region. We follow established trails in the Sagamartha National Park to view many of the world's highest peaks including the summit of Everest that peers above the 8000m peaks of Lhotse and Nuptse. We also visit Khunde and Khumjung villages where Sir Edmund Hillary established the regions first hospital and school through the Himalayan Trust.
This is our most popular introduction to trekking in the Everest region. This trek weaves through the famous Buddhist villages and monasteries of the Sherpa people while affording unparalleled views of some of the world's highest peaks. The highlights of this trip are the days spent trekking above Namche Bazaar. Here we get beyond the established trails to our alpine camp beneath the awesome flanks of Ama Dablam. From our spectacular vantage point we gain a breathtaking 360 degree mountain panorama that culminates in the distinctive summit of Everest looming above the Nuptse-Lhotse wall. A further dimension to our trek is a visit to the Sherpa villages of Khunde and Khumjung where we visit some of Sir Edmund Hillary's projects established through the Himalayan Trust.
From Kathmandu we take a flight into the Solu region to Phaplu, where we spend time in the picturesque Junbesi Valley offering a rare insight into the day to day village life of this predominantly Sherpa region. During our time here we make a short hike to visit the impressive Thubten Chholing Monastery with its huge central gompa and over 400 monks. Our trek takes us through villages and fields to the gateway of the Everest Region, Lukla and the Sherpa capital of Namche. Here we wander the bazaar before continuing on to the monastery village of Thyangboche for impressive views of the Everest massif. Looping around we return via the picturesque villages of Khunde and Khumjung and Sir Edmund Hillary's 'Schoolhouse in the Clouds'' before retracing our steps from Namche to Lukla and the end of a memorable journey in Nepal.
Until the airstrip was built at Lukla in 1964, all treks into the Khumbu passed through the village of Jiri (1950m) in the Dolakha region of east Nepal. Our classic trekking holiday begins with a jeep road transfer from Kathmandu, via Jiri, to the roadhead at Shivalaya (1810m). From here, we set off on a stunning 8-day trek to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, on a walking trail which has been beautifully quiet for decades. Starting out at a modest altitude, and staying in simple lodge accommodation each evening, this short gem of a trek accumulates lots of up and down as it heads eastwards across the grain of the country, crossing a succession of rivers and forested ridges. With its picturesque terraced fields, charming villages, colourful monasteries and friendly people, this trekking holiday provides an unforgettable taste of Nepal's unspoiled Himalayan foothills. Finally, reaching the Khumbu Valley, we are rewarded by inspiring views of snow-capped peaks such as Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Mount Everest itself. The memorable flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla is a great way to end this classic experience. This is the perfect trekking holiday for those who want to experience a quieter side of Nepal at lower altitudes while still offering exceptional views of Everest. If you wish to extend your trek to include Everest Basecamp, this trip can be connected to departures of the Classic Everest Basecamp Trek. The result is a 24-day itinerary that costs just £1645 Land Only.For some fantastic ideas to extend your holiday in Nepal, from riding elephants in Chitwan to tours in Bhutan or Tibet - check out extensions.
There are few places on earth that offer such stunning mountain vistas and incredible trekking. This carefully designed itinerary offers the first time trekker a wonderful introduction to Nepal's highest and finest mountain ranges - Annapurna and Everest. We commence with the delights of the Kathmandu Valley and the largest concentration of UNESCO sites in any one city of the world before our spectacular mountain flight whisks us off to Pokhara. We walk through the Annapurna foothills, experience picturesque villages, rhododendron forests on our way to our high point, the world famous Poon Hill. At 3190m the outstanding views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri are incredible. Our next trekking adventure takes us to the Khumbu region, home to Mount Everest. Now well acclimatised from our Annapurna trek, we ascend the Dudh Kosi Valley to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and spend a day at Syangboche, with fine views of Everest and the picturesque villages of Khumjung and Khunde. This unforgettable journey showcases the contrasts of the best known regions of the Nepal Himalaya.
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